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ICE helps arrest 24 Sinaloa cartel members near Sonoyta, Sonora
Keaton Thomas
11:32 PM, Jan 30, 2016
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LUKEVILLE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aided in the arrest of 24 members of the Sinaloa Cartel Friday during an operation dubbed Mexican Operation Diablo Express.

ICE spokesperson, Gillian Christensen, confirmed the arrests Saturday evening. She says ICE joined other agencies like DEA, FBI, CBP, DPS, and even the Scottsdale Police Department in the operation. They worked with the Mexican government to bring Mexican federal police into the United States to help them safely execute their operation in Mexico.

Diablo Express targeted high-level members of the Sinaloa Cartel operating in and around Sonoyta, Sonora. Christensen says that specific Sinaloa cell is responsible for smuggling drugs like marijuana, heroin, meth, and cocaine into the United States. They also smuggled weapons and money into Mexico.

KGUN9 learned about the operation Friday afternoon, but Christensen, says they conducted the operation "with utmost secrecy to maintain the element of surprise and to ensure the safety of the Mexican law enforcement officers executing it."

Mexican police arrested 24 members of the Sinaloa Cartel. During the arrest, authorities also seized weapons and hundreds of pounds of narcotics. Christensen says this "strikes a strong blow to the Sinaloa Cartel."

The arrested cartel members remain in custody of the Mexican government.

Christensen says, "U.S. authorities will seek the extradition of those who were arrested during the operation and face criminal charges in the U.S."



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Operation in Sonoyta 2 dead and 22 detained
Federal police located a house in Sonoyta they identified as an operational point of organized crime where they found drugs, weapons and people in captivity. Photo: Special

By: Editor ElImparcial | 31.01.2016 7:36

Hermosillo, Sonora (GH)
Leaving two people dead and 22 suspected criminals arrested as a result of an operation by federal forces held last Friday in Sonoyta.

In a statement from the Federal Police of Mexico that intelligence work by the Federal Police of Mexico states, allowed to dismantle an operating point allegedly used by the criminal group called "Pacifico", in the municipality of Plutarco Elias Calles (Sonoyta) Sonora, where drugs are stored and migrants kept in captivity for their traffiking to the United States.

Indicates that US agencies with information about routes of the traffic of narcotics, elements of the investigation developed by PF for several weeks, until they find a home in the desert area of ​​the town of Sonoyta, with all services and guarded by armed persons.

On Friday, federal police deployed an operation by land and Blackhawk helicopter support, property, but the approach was met with gunfire from rifles, so that officers repelled the attack.

As a result of the confrontation, two suspected criminals who assaulted federal officers with high caliber weapons, were killed and the other occupants chose to surrender and hand over their weapons to the authority.

Seized weapons and drugs
In total were arrested 22 alleged members of the criminal group, who claimed they were different camouflage packages and backpacks , which contained an estimated 250 kilos of dry grass compacted with the characteristics of marijuana, the report said.

Similarly, he adds, they seized 18 firearms, 15 of which are assault rifles and three handguns, as well as several rounds of ammunition of various calibres.

The detainees, weapons, drugs and the property, were made available to the Public Prosecutor's Office.



Calm returns after "mega-operation"
Homes and vehicles of some people, mainly in rural areas, were affected by gunfire. Photo: Special

By: Editor ElImparcial | 31.01.2016 7:49

Hermosillo, Sonora (GH)
There tranquility after the "mega-operation" of the Federal Police in this municipality, municipal authorities worked in Plutarco Elias Calles.

After this binational operation, they clarified that it was not a confrontation between armed groups, but a well-organized operation targeted against organized crime, some of which are still unknown.

They recalled that in early 2015 the inhabitants of this area had to endure the war between organized crime groups for control of the area.

Even in May 2015, more than 500 residents of the ejido El Desierto de Sonora, in the rural part of the municipality, left their land, their animals, their homes and much of their lives to take refuge in the municipal city after threats from criminal groups .

After these crimes, they said, peace returned to the municipality, and Friday was altered by this operation, which surprised residents.

Yesterday vehicles crossing from the US to Puerto Penasco, through Sonoyta, was normal according to the season, but the wonder remains among citizens.

In Caborca, overnight, about 21:00 pm, two helicopters were seen flying over the city,

After the binational "mega-deals" Friday municipal authorities criticzed .

"Yes we can say that there was some collateral damage, some excesses, we are guiding these people to go and file their complaints corresponding in this case to the Federal Public Ministry," said a resident of this border town.

In the ejido Sonoran Desert, cited as an example, there are some impacts of projectiles in some houses, plus a lady complained that operational personnel fired and hit her truck without apparent reason.

They clarified that they have not had reports of citizens working legally have been shot, but houses and cars were hit.

It was from 6:30 pm on Friday, people began to observe the movement of "mega-operation" of the Federal Police, who remained very active until 13:00 pm and from then on was "intermittent" until which ceased to be moving shortly after 19:00.

"If it was something extraordinary, stunning, spectacular, what we can call a mega-operation without precedent here in our region," said a city official.

Ensure no collateral damage

The Federal Police said the support Blackhawk helicopters and agents of the PF conducted a 'mega-operation' in a house in Sonoyta, near the border area, where they captured 22 alleged members of the criminal group called 'Del Pacifico'.

When: Friday
Duration: 6:30 am to 19:00 pm approximately
Source: Municipal authorities

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